Scripture Reading: Psalm 121:1-8
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1,2)
A year ago I was considering what great opportunities and challenges may come my way in 2020. Little did I know! There is no question that this has been a difficult year for most. We faced a pandemic like none of us have ever experienced in our lives. Our country was shut down for a period of time. Our children are having to be educated virtually. People lost jobs; businesses closed; and some lost loved ones. Many became ill with Covid, including Mary Ann and me. Yet, God has remained faithful. He has never let me down. He has always given me what I needed to face the trials that have come my way.
Who knows what 2021 will be like? We don’t know what will happen with the pandemic, the economy, the political scene of our country. There are many uncertainties. But no matter what we face we are not alone in it. We have a divine Helper who will provide all we need to face the challenges, opportunities and uncertainties of life in 2021.
The Psalmist was facing uncertainties as well. He turns his eyes upward — to the hills — “I will lift up my eyes to the hills.” The mountains were considered a safe place. Spurgeon wrote these words about this Psalm — “The purposes of God; the divine attributes; the immutable promises; the covenant, ordered in all things and sure; the providence, predestination and proved faithfulness of the Lord — these are the hills we must lift our eyes, for from these must our help come” (C.H. Spurgeon, “The Treasure of David”).
As we face this New Year, we must look up from where our help shall come. Satan will make every effort to cause us to look down upon our fears, sorrows, and difficulties. The question is — What will be our focus? The writer to the Hebrews gives us the answer — “Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). The key is to keep our eyes on Jesus. Look at what He has done for us — endured the cross. We are the joy that was set before Him. And remember that He is seated at the right hand of the throne of God, where He is in control of all things.
As we lift up our eyes to the eternal hills, our hearts will be lifted up also. Instead of fear, we can have confidence. Instead of anxiety, we can have peace. Look up — Jesus is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. He is in control and He will give us the help we need to face whatever challenges, uncertainties, and opportunities may come our way in 2021.
Lord Jesus, I lift my eyes up to You, the founder and perfecter of my faith. I know what You suffered for me. I know how much You love me. I have nothing to fear for You are with me. You are my very present Help in times of trouble. As I begin this New Year, I do so with confidence and peace, for I know that You are with me and You will give me what I need to face whatever comes my way in 2021.
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